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Announcing Light Work’s 2023 Artists-in-Residence

With enormous pleasure, Light Work announces the 2023 Light Work Artists-in-Residence (AIRs). A total of thirteen artists working in photography and related media received residencies: Bruce Bennett (New Jersey), Marcus Xavier Chormicle (New Mexico), Devin Fenimore (Washington), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Kyoko Hamaguchi (New York), Katherine Hubbard (New York), Sayuri Ichida (United Kingdom), Clifford Prince King (California), Abdulhamid Kircher (California), Jim Mangan (California), Joiri Minaya (New York), Ahndraya Parlato (New York), and Agnieszka Sosnowska (Iceland).

Each year, Light Work supports emerging and under-represented artists working in photography and related media with funding totaling more than $60,000. Each receives a $5000 honorarium, housing, unrestricted 24-hour access to our digital imaging lab, wet darkroom, a library of photo-related publications, as well as critical and technical support. 

In addition to a financial award, Light Work AIRs benefit from technical, professional, and creative support, have space on-site to develop new work, and have extraordinary freedom to determine the shape and timing of their residency. Residency program participants can use their month to pursue their projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, or experimenting with a new photographic technique. A special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual presents the work of each Artist-in-Residence with an accompanying commissioned essay. Each AIR also makes a donation of work that becomes a part of the Light Work Collection.

Light Work has three exciting collaborations with prominent organizations that support our artists this year. Autograph in London, UK, has sponsored the residency of Eric Gyamfi, the latest in a partnership that dates from 1996. The Darryl Chappell Foundation has sponsored two residencies. Finally, Canson Infinity is offering each artist-in-residence access to its collection of fine art inkjet papers.

Light Work’s highly competitive residency program dates from 1976 and now receives nearly 1,000 applications annually. Artists who earn this distinction carry forward Light Work’s mission of providing direct artist support to artists working in photography and digital imaging. The annual applications are of such high quality that the slimmest of margins usually determine the judges’ final choices, and this year has been no exception. Light Work extends a full-hearted thank you to all who applied.

Bruce Bennett (New Jersey)
Marcus Xavier Chormicle (New Mexico)
Devin Fenimore (Washington)
Eric Gyamfi (Ghana)
Kyoko Hamaguchi (New York)
Katherine Hubbard (New York)
Sayuri Ichida (United Kingdom)
Clifford Prince King (California)
Abdulhamid Kircher (California)
Jim Mangan (California)
Joiri Minaya (New York)
Ahndraya Parlato (New York)
Agnieszka Sosnowska (Iceland)

See past Artists-in-Residence at www.lightwork.org/air
Applications are now open for 2024. Apply at lightwork.slideroom.com

Artist to Artist: Light Work’s Fine Print Program

Rivalry Projects is sharing a new exhibition in collaboration with Light Work (Syracuse, NY) and their renowned Fine Print Program. In this exclusive partnership with Rivalry Projects, Light Work will be offering affordable photographs from leading contemporary artists including Keliy Anderson-Staley, Atong Atem, Doug DuBois, Lucas Foglia, Jason Fulford, Sharon Harper, Shane Lavalette, Wayne Lawrence, Irina Rozovsky, Miki Soejima, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Vasantha Yogananthan. 

On view in Rivalry’s Project Space from May 13-June 30, 2022, Artist to Artist highlights artwork available through the Fine Print Program and makes collecting photography a very real possibility for everyone. Each artist has donated their pieces in support of Light Work’s mission, and through the generosity of these artists Rivalry Projects and Light Work are able to offer them at affordable prices. 

Artwork will be available to purchase from May 13 onward in-person at Rivalry Projects. You can also find participating artists and available work on our Artsy page. You can find all available works from the catalog of Light Work’s Fine Print Program through their website at www.lightwork.org 

As an added component of this partnership, Rivalry Projects will also offer issues of Contact Sheet, Light Work’s single photographer-focused magazine, which they publish five times per year. Rivalry will also be signing up those interested for Contact Sheet subscriptions. Please note: each subscription directly supports Light Work’s programs, including residencies, exhibitions, and publications. 

Rivalry Projects is a commercial art gallery and arts production space located at 106 College Street in Buffalo’s historic Allentown neighborhood.

Artist and curator Ryan Arthurs founded Rivalry to create an arts space that can function as both a site of exhibition and production of contemporary art. Rivalry exhibits emerging, mid-career, and under-represented artists working in all media.

Light Work is an artist-run, non-profit organization founded in 1973. Its mission is to provide direct support through residencies, publications, exhibitions, a community-access digital lab facility, and other related projects to emerging and under-represented artists working in photography and digital imaging. 

In 1991, Light Work began to offer limited-edition prints and signed books through their subscription program for the first time. This program remains a unique way for artists they’ve supported to give back to the next generation of artists coming through their programs. Over the past twenty-three years, Light Work’s Fine Print Program has included works by many important contemporary artists, including Dawoud Bey, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Mark Steinmetz, Carrie Mae Weems, William Wegman, James Welling, Deborah Willis, and Hank Willis-Thomas.

Call for Entries: 2022 Light Work Grants in Photography

Light Work is pleased to announce the 2022 Light Work Grants in Photography competition. Three $3,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, N.Y. The recipients of these grants are invited to display their work in a special exhibition, and their work will also be reproduced in Light Work’s award-winning publication, Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

With the help of the regional grant, more than 130 artists have been able to continue long-term projects, purchase equipment, frame photographs for exhibitions, promote their work, or continue their artist goals.

Applicants must reside in one of the following Central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Tioga, or Tompkins.

Three judges from outside the grant region will review the applications. Their selections are based on the strength of the candidate’s portfolio and completed application. Individuals who received this award in 2016 or earlier are eligible to re-apply. Full-time students are not eligible.

The deadline for 2022 Light Work Grants is April 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST

Apply online at http://lightwork.slideroom.com.

Light Work is Hiring!
Associate Director (full-time)

Housed in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center at Syracuse University, Light Work is one of the country’s most respected art institutions. Founded as an artist-run, non-profit organization in 1973, Light Work provides direct support through residencies, publications, exhibitions, a digital lab facility, and other related projects to emerging and under-represented artists working in photography and digital imaging.

Position: Associate Director (Full-time)
Qualifications BFA or MFA in Photography preferred.

Priority Deadline: The position will remain open until filled. We will give priority to applications received before February 28, 2022.More Info

We are seeking a dynamic, highly qualified, experienced individual for the Associate Director’s position, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. Reporting to the Director of Light Work, the Associate Director is a problem solver and creative thinker who is in tune with Light Work’s mission to support emerging and under-represented artists. The Associate Director is equal parts curator, organizer, and dot-connector. With the Director and Urban Video Project Program Director, the Associate Director rounds out the leadership team for Light Work. This individual is involved with decisions across all of Light Work’s programs with specific attention to relations with visiting artists, exhibition curation, and editing issues of Contact Sheet. They are central to the Artist-in-Residence selection process and Light Work Grants. They also take on day-to-day tasks and provide general support to Light Work’s Director. They will play a key role in advancing Light Work’s mission locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Light Work is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, both Light Work and Syracuse University will provide accommodation to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, assessment, and selection process. Find more info at www.lightwork.org/opportunities

Job Description

  • Responsibilities Curating two exhibitions per year and two exhibition catalogs (Contact Sheets). Write an introductory text for each publication.
  • Coordinate the operations and hospitality of Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program including, booking and scheduling. Provide additional assistance to artists traveling internationally.
  • Editor of the Light Work Annual. Coordinate content from artists and authors. Liaison with designer, line editor, and staff in preparing the 140-page publication.
  • Plan and participate in Art Fairs like the Armory Show, AIPAD or Photo Paris/New York.
  • Organize Light Work Grant application and jury process

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. For a detailed position description and online application instructions, go to www.sujobopps.com (Job #037978).  Cover letter and resume must be attached.  Review of applications begins immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled.  Syracuse University is an AA/EOE.

Darryl Chappell Foundation in Partnership with Light Work
Announce Mentorship Opportunity

The Darryl Chappell Foundation and Light Work are excited to present an opportunity for an experienced photographer to serve as a mentor to two artists-in-residence sponsored by the Darryl Chappell Foundation. The artists will be participating in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program in April and June 2022 respectively. Both organization missions support the concept of providing residents with an experienced mentor to be funded by the Darryl Chappell Foundation to enhance the learning experience of the two residents. The power of a good mentor to share a word of wisdom, to connect the resident with a key resource, or simply to lend an ear is a powerful augment to the state-of-the-art onsite facilities and staff assistance offered by Light Work in Syracuse, New York.

This is a paid opportunity. Both organizations believe in the importance of compensating artists for their work.

The deadline for applying is Monday, February 21, 2022. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and references to mentors@darrylchappellfoundation.com.

Every year Light Work invites between 12 and 15 artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. More than 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The residency includes a stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Light Work AIR appears in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with a commissioned essay.

About Darryl Chappell Foundation 

The mission and purpose of the Darryl Chappell Foundation is to foster an appreciation of the fine arts (for example, painting, drawing, sketching, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and metallurgy) among members of the African Diaspora (descendants of Sub-Saharan Africa) through grants, as well as to help foster an appreciation of the fine arts within the community. 

Estate of Laura Aguilar Donates Works to Light Work’s Permanent Collection

With enormous pleasure and gratitude, Light Work announces the acquisition of works from the estate of photographer Laura Aguilar (1959 – 2018). The self-portraits, consisting of two triptychs and four singular black-and-white images, represent Aguilar’s exploration of the lived realities of members of various marginalized groups, including women, lesbians, Latinas, the working class, obese people, and those with mental health struggles and learning disabilities. It humbles us to receive this gift of six photographic works from this extraordinary artist. We consider it an honor to join her estate and other art institutions in the stewardship of her artistic legacy through the sharing of these important works.

 In May of 1993, Laura Aguilar was an artist-in-residence at Light Work. This was a prolific period for Aguilar; she entered Light Work following the success of her iconic Three Eagles Flying and the series, Clothed/Unclothed. Aguilar applied for the month-long residency after her colleague and friend, Willie Middlebrook, completed his residency in 1992. He suggested that she create the body of work comprising 12 Lauras and Don’t Tell Her Art Can’t Hurt as a means to further influence her series of nudes in nature.  

Laura Aguilar, Center #70 (abc), 2000-2001, Gelatin silver print , 8 x 10 in.

Before Aguilar’s 2016 retrospective, Show and Tell, she wanted to create the Laura Aguilar Trust to protect her legacy. Aguilar spent time with co-trustees Christopher Velasco and Sybil Venegas to clarify her wishes for how to handle her work after her death. One primary goal was to make sure that her work found its way to institutional collections for future generations to study. Light Work is one of those institutions. Aguilar often spoke so warmly of her experience here and encouraged many aspiring photographers to apply. After her residency, Aguilar gave the Light Work Collection two of her Clothed/Unclothed prints (1993), the 12 Lauras, and three unpublished prints from her trip to Mexico. Since her death, the Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016 has placed her works in a number of collections. As a thank you, the Trust wanted to give Light Work a range of significant works that continued Aguilar’s legacy after her residency. This gift includes Windows (Nikki on my Mind) (1990), Center #70 (abc) (2000-2001), and selected images from the Stillness & Motion series (1999). 

Laura Aguilar died in 2018 at age fifty-eight, just as recognition of her work was gaining momentum. Her eponymous retrospective, Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, California, was the breakout exhibition of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA: Latin American and Latino Art in LA 2017-2018 and also Aguilar’s last exhibition during her lifetime. Since her death, she has joined the ranks of other iconic female photographers.

Laura Aguilar, Stillness #30, 1999, Gelatin Silver print, 11 x 14 in.

“We are honored by the donation of work by Laura Aguilar,” said Dan Boardman, Light Work’s director. “Aguilar was a visionary artist who exemplifies our mission to support emerging underrepresented artists at pivotal early points in their careers. This gift will aid students, members, and visiting artists as they use our Collection for research and inspiration.” 

Header image: Laura Aguilar, Windows (Nikki on my Mind), 1990, Three Gelatin Silver prints, 8 x 10 in each


The Light Work Collection is an extensive and diverse archive that maps the trends and developments in contemporary photography. There are currently more than 4,000 works of art in Light Work’s archive. The Collection contains all original work, including color and black-and-white photographic prints, alternative processes, collages, installation pieces, artist books, portfolios, and publications. Online visitors will find early work by many artists who have gone on to significant acclaim after their Light Work residencies, winning coveted awards, exhibiting work in prestigious museums, and securing top gallerists to represent them. This noteworthy collection includes all genres of expression found in contemporary photography, including documentary, abstract, experimental, and conceptual work. The Collection has grown over the past four decades due to the generosity of former artists-in-residence and individual donors.

Explore the Light Work Collection online at http://collection.lightwork.org

Jeffrey Hoone retires after leading Light Work for 41 years

Over the past year there had been several significant leadership changes at Light Work. In January 2021 director Shane Lavalette left to start Assembly, a commercial venture, that supports artists through exhibitions, commissions, and publications. At that time, lab manager Dan Boardman was promoted to acting director, and after a national search, he was hired as Director in July 2021. When that transition was complete, executive director Jeffrey Hoone retired after 41 years in a leadership position at Light Work.

Boardman brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Light Work. An accomplished working artist, he was a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in 2013, and has exhibited his work widely, including at The Bakalar & Paine Galleries (Boston), Harvard University, and The Mills Gallery at The Boston Center for the Arts. Boardman was a Light Work artist-in-residence and also Light Work’s lab manager for several years. He and his wife, Coco, also a photographer, live outside Syracuse with their young son, Henry.

“Dan is the perfect pick to lead Light Work into the future,” says Jeff Hoone. “He understands the organization from an artists’ perspective and how to run a hands-on operation. His entrepreneurial instincts are excellent. He grasps the big picture goals of supporting emerging and underrecognized artists. I had the pleasure to mentor Dan as he stepped into this job―Light Work is fortunate to have such a competent, committed, and compassionate leader. I look forward to seeing how he builds on Light Work’s strong foundation.”

“Jeff Hoone’s impact on the field of photography is significant and far-reaching,” says Boardman. “His accomplishments measure beyond the scope of this statement, and will endure for decades to come.”

Jeffrey Hoone became assistant director of Light Work in 1980 and over the next two years worked with both founding co-directors, Phil Block and Tom Bryan, during a period of reorganization. Bryan left to become a full-time sheep farmer and Block moved to the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City. In 1982, Hoone became director and Light Work’s only full-time employee.

Jeffrey Hoone pictured with a photograph of Light Work co-founders Phil Block and Tom Bryan

Over the next four years, Hoone and his work-study students expanded the artist-in-residence program to nearly 12 artists a year, making it Light Work’s signature program and defining the core mission to support artists in making new work. Emerging artists such as Dawoud Bey, Bill Burke, James Casebere, Barbara Ess, Melissa Shook, and Joel Sternfeld participated in these early years.

“My Light Work residency was the first I had ever done,” says Dawoud Bey. “The impact of that one month was considerable, leading to my inclusion in a major museum exhibition through the publication of my work in Contact Sheet. Light Work has provided immeasurable and constant support to those of us working in photography for decades now and Jeff Hoone has achieved a singular thing in building that organization.”

There are pivotal events for many organizations that help propel them forward. For Light Work it was being introduced to Robert B. Menschel. In the mid-80s, Hoone invited Mr. Menschel to meet in person and learn more about Light Work. Menschel was an alumnus and trustee of Syracuse University, a successful financier, and a photography collector. From that pivotal meeting came Menschel’s promise of a grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation so that Light Work could hire an assistant director. Menschel’s continued annual support has anchored Light Work’s financial success and stability.

There would never have been a Light Work without Jeff’s commitment and dedication,” says Menschel now. “His leadership created and sustained the longest-running photography publication. He will be sorely missed.

Under Hoone’s leadership Light Work completed a major $3.5 million renovation if its facility in 2001 and renamed the complex the Robert B. Menschel Media Center in gratitude for his generosity. Menschel also convinced noted architect Richard Meier to contribute design elements to the Center and was instrumental in artist and SU alum Sol LeWitt’s donation of a wall drawing for the building’s entrance. Hoone worked closely with Syracuse architect and SU alum Mike Wolniak to create an award-winning and highly functional creative space for artists.

In 2012, several years after completing the renovation of the Robert B. Menschel Media Center, Hoone personally established an endowment for the new main Gallery in the facility and named it after his mother Kathleen O. Ellis. The Ellis Gallery remains Light Work’s premiere Gallery and every exhibition is accompanied by an issue of Contact Sheet.

Kathleen O. Ellis seated front row at Light Work during reception and artist talk with 2018 exhibiting artist Keisha Scarville.

During his time in a leadership position at Light Work Hoone has kept the needs of artists front and center in Light Work’s priorities. Like many alternative arts organizations, Light Work began from an activist position to address inequities in how established institutions served artists as well as other larger social concerns of equity and inclusion. A priority during Hoone’s tenure has been Light Work’s commitment to diverse approaches to the medium and to welcome artists from all backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual orientations.

Hoone also expanded Light Work’s Contact Sheet from a small broadsheet to the full-color publication that today goes to more than 2,000 subscribers, institutions, artists, and art professionals in every state and 41 other countries. Contact Sheet receives support from Light Work’s subscription and fine print program and an enviable roster of support from national foundations, government agencies, and Syracuse University.

Since the 1970s, Light Work has asked visiting artists to contribute work made during their residency. . After many years these contributions had grown into an impressive collection and Hoone directed a decades-long process of cataloguing and storing the collection in order to meet industry standards. Over these decades, Light Work pioneered the creation of a searchable public image database that now holds more than 4,000 photographs and objects in the collection on the Light Work website. Light Work supported many artists early in their careers who have gone on to become important contributors to contemporary art. These include Andres Serrano, Fazal Sheikh, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and James Welling, among many others.

Under Hoone’s leadership Light Work has been honored for its excellence and received top grants for many years from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and several national foundations. He also helped to establish four endowment funds at Light Work totaling close to three-million dollars. These funds will provide stability for the organization as it moves into the future, and is a luxury that few small artist-run organizations can claim.

Hoone always had an eye on the big picture and when Nancy Cantor became chancellor of Syracuse University in 2004 Hoone worked with her to form the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) and became its first executive director. CMAC brought together the art centers and museums on campus and in the local community in collaboration to expand public awareness, understanding, appreciation, and involvement in the visual and electronic arts. At that time, Hoone became executive director of Light Work and Hannah Frieser joined the staff as director to handle day-to-day operations.

As CMAC’s executive director, Hoone created the University’s first official art museum by combining the University Art Collection with the Lowe Art Gallery to form the SUArt Galleries. Last year the trustees approved renaming SUArt as the Syracuse University Art Museum and museum accreditation is underway. Hoone led the search committee that hired Vanja Malloy as the new director and chief curator of the Museum.

Jeffrey Hoone on his 65th birthday in 2020. Photo by Carrie Mae Weems

Hoone had a great vision for the potential of the arts and turned a fledgling video program at the Connective Corridor into the Urban Video Project (UVP), an internationally acclaimed electronic public art project. Anneka Herre directs the UVP, which projects videos on the Everson Museum’s north façade. He also helped create a permanent home at the Cantor Warehouse for the Photography and Literacy (PAL) project started by the late Stephen Mahan, which teaches literacy skills to school children through photography. Located downtown, the Cantor Warehouse also currently houses CMAC’s Point of Contact Gallery along with other community art spaces.

Light Work is now preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023 and Hoone anticipates spending time working with the Light Work staff on developing programs, events, and publications to celebrate that occasion. After 20 years on the board, Hoone also now serves as president of the foundation, Joy of Giving Something (JGS), which provides support to Light Work, UVP, the PAL project, and other photography organizations across the country to support emerging and under-recognized artists.

A working artist for much of his life, Hoone has exhibited his work extensively, served on peer review panels for the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and received a photography fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Hoone lives in Syracuse with his wife of 26 years, Carrie Mae Weems, who came to Light Work as a visiting artist in 1988. He will continue to work with her on the organization of her studio and as a board member of her non-profit organization, Social Studies 101.

In the end, Light Work’s most tremendous impact is on the artists,” says associate director Mary Lee Hodgens. “They always tell us what a pivotal time this was. We were just at the Armory show in New York City and several former AIRs came up to us. One had tears in their eyes and said, ’I was ready to give up when my residency came through.’

Header image credit: Colin Davy, courtesy of The Daily Orange

Light Work’s Guggenheim Fellows

Light Work would like to wish a hearty congratulations to our Light Work family members Susan Lipper, Arno Rafael Minkkinen & Stuart Rome on being named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows. The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation’s annual Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Lipper was Light Work’s September 2004 Artist-in-Residence. Minkkinen was one of Light Work’s first exhibiting artists in 1973, and a contributor to our 2009 Platinum Editions Program. Rome was among Light Work’s first Artists-in-Residence in 1978 and a participant in Light Work: Photography over the 70s and 80s, Light Work’s 1985 retrospective, touring exhibition which opened at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY.

Over Light Work’s 42 year history, 28 of our Artists-in-Residence and exhibiting artists have received the Guggenheim Fellowship including Dawoud Bey, Doug DuBois, John Gossage, Elijah Gowin, Deana Lawson, Osamu James Nakagawa, Suzanne Opton, Christian Patterson, Mark Steinmetz, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Cindy Sherman & more. We are humbled and honored to have helped facilitate time, space, and resources for so many of these artists early in–and throughout–their careers. We are proud to be part of this history.

Below, we present all of Light Work’s Guggenheim Fellows and the fine prints, books, and Contact Sheet volumes featuring their work. Consider supporting Light Work’s mission by making a purchase of works by these world-renowned artists. Search all of our offerings at lightwork.org/shop.

2015 Guggenheim Fellows:
Susan Lipper, Arno Rafael Minkkinen & Stuart Rome

Susan Lipper
Contact Sheet 132: Light Work Annual 2005
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Light Work (July, 2005)
ISBN: 0-935445-42-0

A collection of work produced by the Light Work Artists-in-Residence and the Light Work Grant Recipients with accompanying essays. Includes the work of Pipo Nguyen-duy, Bharti Parmar, Tone Stockenstrom, Myra Greene, Matthew Swarts, Stephen Hughes, Alex Harsley, Scott Townsend, Wayne Barrar, Susan Lipper, and Jonathan Moller. Also included are the Light Work Grant recipients Harry Littell and Lois Barden, Mark Hemendinger, and Barry Perlus.

View Contact Sheet 132: Light Work Annual 2005, featuring Susan Lipper

Arno Rafael Minkkinen
The Roots of the River I, 2008
Platinum print, 5 x 14″ on 11 x 17″ paper
Shipped in an 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 50 (unnumbered), signed by the artist

Featuring himself as the main actor on the vast stage of nature, Minkkinen’s photographs bend, twist, and immerse the body back into its primal settings. His masterful use of line, texture, and composition create isolated moments that reestablish a harmonious relationship between mankind and the ground, water, and flora that feed and nurture its corporality and spirit. In images such as Paper, Scissor, Rock, Minkkinen and the exact locations of the exposures remain anonymous, making possible a global expression of humanity’s eternal place in the organic order.

This edition was produced by renowned platinum printer Sal Lopes on 100% rag paper.

View this print by Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Stuart Rome
Contact Sheet 5
Publisher: Light Work (1979)

Contact Sheet 5 features work by artists Chris Enos, Les Krims, Lynn McMahill, Suzanne Mitchell, Ted Orland, Stuart Rome, Juliana Swatko. It also features work by the 1978 Light Work Grant recipients David Broda, Mima Cataldo, Lucinda Devlin, and Richard Laughlin.

Artists included: David Broda, Mima Cataldo, Lucinda Devlin, Chris Enos, Les Krims, Richard Laughlin, Lynn McMahill, Suzanne Mitchell, Ted Orland, Stuart Rome, Juliana Swatko.

View this Contact Sheet featuring Stuart Rome

Other items featuring Stuart Rome:
Contact Sheet 97: Light Work Annual 1998 (25th Anniversary Edition)

Previous Light Work Guggenheim Fellows:

Dawoud Bey
Jason, from The Eatonville Portfolio, 2003
Pigmented inkjet print with text, 11 x 11″
Special Note: This is the last portfolio remaining of this special, limited edition.

This strikingly beautiful, one-of-a-kind boxed set includes all four prints from the Eatonville Series with signed photographs by Dawoud Bey, Lonnie Graham, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis. All four prints are matted and ready for framing or archival storage. The limited edition was created expressly for Light Work, following a photographic survey of Eatonville, FL, home of celebrated writer Zora Neale Hurston. The images capture a unique view of the oldest black incorporated town in the United States.

The special offer includes a back issue of Contact Sheet 124, featuring the to the Embracing Eatonville exhibition.

View The Eatonville Portfolio, featuring Jason by Dawoud Bey

Other items featuring Dawoud Bey:
Contact Sheet 51 (SOLD OUT)
Contact Sheet 53
Contact Sheet 124: Embracing Eatonville
Contact Sheet 152: Light Work Annual 2009
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists 40 Years
Five Children, Syracuse, NY, 1985
by Dawoud Bey (SOLD OUT)

Scott Connaroe
Trailer Park, Wendover, UT, 2008
Archival inkjet print, 8 x 10″ on 11 x 14″ paper
Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

In his series By Rail, artist Scott Conarroe evokes a sense of adventure and beauty inspired by the sight of train tracks. In this project, started in 2005, Conarroe drove to points all over North America to photograph what remains of a system that once connected cities, people, and their lives. Made mostly at dawn, the images in By Rail offer a graceful nostalgia for a mythical pioneer past that long ago gave way to the lure of the automobile.

Conarroe’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at Art Gallery of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario; Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Ontario; and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Ontario. Conarroe was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in 2008.

View this print by Scott Connaroe

Other items featuring Scott Connaroe:
Contact Sheet 152: Light Work Annual 2009

Doug DuBois
My Mother in the Backyard, Oldwick, NJ, 2000
Archival inkjet print, 12 x 9.5″ on 14 x 11″ paper
Shipped in a 18 x 14″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Doug DuBois has photographed his family for over twenty-five years, following the seasons of happy and sorrowful moments. His book …all the days and nights featuring this and sixty-one other images in the series, is the result of decades-long observation, during which DuBois’ family experienced many joyous occasions and devastating losses.

View this print by Doug DuBois

Other items featuring Doug DuBois:
Contact Sheet 137: Light Work Annual 2006
…all the days and nights
by Doug DuBois (SOLD OUT)

Jason Eskenazi
Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Light Work (July 1, 2014)
ISBN: 935445-89-7

Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014 features work produced by the 2013 Light Work Artists-in-Residence Brijesh Patel, Alexandra Demenkova, George Gittoes, John D. Freyer, Jason Eskenazi, Anouk Kruithof, Dani Leventhal, Karolina Karlic, Cecil McDonald Jr., Matt Eich, Jo Ann Walters, Ofer Wolberger, and Eric Gottesman. The publication also includes work by 2013 Light Work Grant Recipients Janice Levy, Jared Landberg, and Laura Heyman, as well as recap of the year of Urban Video Project (UVP) exhibitions. Featuring texts by Jeffrey Hoone, Mark Sealy, Hannah Frieser, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, Christine Hill, Laura De Marco, David Oresick, Sally Stein, Tempestt Hazel, Rachel Somerstein, Laura Wexler, Carmen Winant, Dagmawi Woubshet, JP Gardner, and Anneka Herre.

View Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014

LaToya Ruby Frazier
The Notion of Family
Interview by Dawoud Bey
Essays by Laura Wexler and Dennis C. Dickerson
Aperture, 2014
Hardcover, 156 pages with 100 duotone images and 32 four-color video stills
ISBN: 978-1-59711-248-2
First Edition, Signed by the artist

In this, her first book, LaToya Ruby Frazier offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political-an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region. Frazier has compellingly set her story of three generations-her Grandma Ruby, her mother, and herself-against larger questions of civic belonging and responsibility. The work documents her own struggles and interactions with family and the expectations of community, and includes the documentation of the demise of Braddock’s only hospital, reinforcing the idea that the history of a place is frequently written on the body as well as the landscape. With The Notion of Family, Frazier knowingly acknowledges and expands upon the traditions of classic black-and-white documentary photography, enlisting the participation of her family-and her mother in particular. As Frazier says, her mother is “coauthor, artist, photographer, and subject. Our relationship primarily exists through a process of making images together. I see beauty in all her imperfections and abuse.” In the creation of these collaborative works, Frazier reinforces the idea of art and image-making as a transformative act, a means of resetting traditional power dynamics and narratives, both those of her family and those of the community at large.

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John Gossage
The Code
Harper’s Books, 2012
Hardbound, 144 pages with 120 four-color reproductions
Limited edition of 1,000
Signed by the artist

A collection of color photographs shot in and around Tokyo. While Gossage’s trademark celebration of the banal is certainly on display here, the photographer charts new territory with shots of Tokyo street scenes, skyscapes and tissue boxes.

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Other items featuring John Gossage:
Monumentenbricke, 1982 by John Gossage (SOLD OUT)
Contact Sheet 129: John Gossage
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists 40 Years
Contact Sheet 50

Elijah Gowin
Cup, 2002
Archival inkjet print, 12 x 12″ on 14 x 14″ paper
Shipped in a 20 x 16″ mat
Edition of 25, signed and numbered by the artist

This image comes from Elijah Gowin’s series Hymnal of Dreams (1994-2004), in which his beloved aunt Margaret Cooper is featured prominently in dreamlike and whimsically constructed scenes. Gowin uses photography to speak about ritual, landscape, and memory. Both images from Light Work’s Master Print Edition were included in the book Maggie.

Elijah Gowin’s photographs have been exhibited internationally. His work is represented in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Center for Creative Photography, among others. He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 1998. In 2008 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Other awards include a Puffin Foundation Grant, the Charlotte Street Foundation Award, a fellowship from the Silver Eye Center for Photography, and more. Gowin is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery in New York, NY, and the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, MO.

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Other items featuring Elijah Gowin:
Child’s Dress in Tree Trunk, 1997 by Elijah Gowin
Contact Sheet 102: Light Work Annual 1999
Maggie by Emmet and Elijah Gowin (SOLD OUT)

Gregory Halpern
Contact Sheet 182: Light Work Annual 2015

Subscribe now to receive the forthcoming Light Work Annual and one year subscription to Contact Sheet featuring work by all of Light Work’s 2014 Artists-in-Residence, Exhibitions, and more.

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Karolina Karlic
Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Light Work (July 1, 2014)
ISBN: 935445-89-7

Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014 features work produced by the 2013 Light Work Artists-in-Residence Brijesh Patel, Alexandra Demenkova, George Gittoes, John D. Freyer, Jason Eskenazi, Anouk Kruithof, Dani Leventhal, Karolina Karlic, Cecil McDonald Jr., Matt Eich, Jo Ann Walters, Ofer Wolberger, and Eric Gottesman. The publication also includes work by 2013 Light Work Grant Recipients Janice Levy, Jared Landberg, and Laura Heyman, as well as recap of the year of Urban Video Project (UVP) exhibitions. Featuring texts by Jeffrey Hoone, Mark Sealy, Hannah Frieser, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, Christine Hill, Laura De Marco, David Oresick, Sally Stein, Tempestt Hazel, Rachel Somerstein, Laura Wexler, Carmen Winant, Dagmawi Woubshet, JP Gardner, and Anneka Herre.

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Mark Klett
Self portrait with Saguaro about my same age, Pinacate Sonora 10/29/99, 1999
Platinum print, 8 x 10″ on 10 x 12″ paper
Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 100 (unnumbered), signed by the artist

“The photo was made in Mexico at Pinacate, their first nature reserve. The time was dawn, and my shadow was raking across the top of the cider cone I had climbed. I noticed that I could project it onto a small saguaro cactus, and did so for the picture. Saguaros are the symbol of the Sonoran Desert in this part of Mexico and my home state of Arizona just a few dozen miles to the north. Saguaros may grow to be 30 or 40 feet tall and live over two hundred years. This cactus was relatively young, about my same age though much younger in saguaro years than I was in human years. It was a reflection of differing perceptions of time, of life and the land.” – Mark Klett

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Other items featuring Mark Klett:
Contact Sheet 44 (SOLD OUT)

Deana Lawson
Coulson Family, 2008
Archival inkjet print, 7.5 x 10″ on 11 x 14″ paper
Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

At first glance, Deana Lawson’s images have a seemingly straightforward quality that dissolves into a complex set of questions about representation of the self, the construction of notions of beauty, and the nature of photographing – questions that will never have clear and finite answers, no matter how hard and long we look.

Lawson has received numerous awards, such as fellowships with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Aaron Siskind Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at venues like the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, GA, and Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York City. Lawson was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in 2008.

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Other items featuring Deana Lawson:
Contact Sheet 154: Deana Lawson
Contact Sheet 152: Light Work Annual 2009

Helen Levitt
Contact Sheet 51
Publisher: Light Work (1986)

Artists included: Dawoud Bey, John Dziadecki, Helen Levitt, Scott McCarney, Sheila Pinkel.

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Andrea Modica
Treadwell, New York, 2001
Platinum print, 7.5 x 9.5″ on 9 x 12″ paper
Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 50 (unnumbered), signed by the artist

In all of Andrea Modica’s photographs something is slightly askew. The full activity of every frame is never entirely revealed, nor ever completely concealed. Focus shifts from back to front and side to side. Hands obscure faces, and torsos stretch out of the frame or only appear in the background as distant details. Even when she abandons the devices of framing and focus to throw us off center, she can achieve the same results with the clarity of her juxtapositions, like the image of a young boy holding the severed tail of a goat. In these moments, and they occur throughout her work, Modica creates open-ended narratives where fact and fiction are merged and blurred in order to show us the rough edges of experience where uncertainty and caution meet anticipation and hope.

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Other items featuring Andrea Modica:
Contact Sheet 11: Andrea Modica
Contact Sheet 77

Osamu James Nakagawa
Belly Button, Bloomington, Indiana, Summer 1999
Silver gelatin print, 8.5 x 8.5″ on 14 x 11″
Shipped in an 18 x 14″ mat
Edition of 40, signed and numbered by the artist

Osamu James Nakagawa received a MFA from the University of Houston and is an associate professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Nakagawa is a recipient of the 2009 John Simon Guggenheim fellowship and 2010 Higashikawa A New Photographer Award in Japan.

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Other items featuring Osamu James Nakagawa:
Contact Sheet 122: Light Work Annual 2003

Pipo Nguyen-duy
The Walk Home, 2003
Archival inkjet print, 7 x 8.75″ on 8 x 10″ paper
Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 50 (unnumbered), signed by the artist

Pipo Nguyen-duy’s photographs are as emotionally moving as they are beautiful. His photography stems from the traditional style of landscape painting. According to Jennie Hirsh, his “reliance on the natural world as a theatrical apparatus uncovers collisions between nature and culture, past and present, in carefully crystallized visions that inscribe themselves onto classical Western visions of the (un)natural world.” His photographs hold references to mythology and history, and capture a thought-provoking vision of the American landscape and people.

His photographic style has been greatly influenced by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Before the attacks, his work was more focused on the “back-story” of the landscapes he photographed, while the work is now focused more on reality and what is happening in the present. According to Stephen Borys, his work “shows us a landscape developing, changing, retreating and advancing-a land of multiple hues and conditions.”

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Other items featuring Pipo Nguyen-duy:
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Years 40 Artists
Contact Sheet 135: Pipo Nguyen-duy
Contact Sheet 132: Light Work Annual 2005

Suzanne Opton
Soldier / Many Wars
DECODE Books, 2011
Signed book, limited edition of 1,500
104 pages, hardbound, 9.5 x 12″ with 39 four-color reproductions

Portrait photographer Suzanne Opton’s latest monograph Soldier / Many Wars reflects a curiosity about the military at a time of war. Focusing her lens on soldiers who recently returned from their tour of duty in Iraq, her images are both emotionally and politically poignant. “It is not sensationalism I am after. I am after the human being,” writes Opton.

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Other items featuring Suzanne Opton:
Contact Sheet 136: Suzanne Opton (SOLD OUT)
Contact Sheet 137: Light Work Annual 2006
Soldier Conklin: 272 days in Iraq
, 2006 by Susan Opton (SOLD OUT)

Christian Patterson,  Prarie Grass Leak
Christian Patterson
Prairie Grass Leak, 2009
Archival inkjet print, 8 x 10″ on 8.125 x 10.125″ paper
Shipped unmatted, with framing recommendation from the artist
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Christian Patterson is a self-taught artist, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Photographs are the heart of Patterson’s work, sometimes accompanied by drawings, paintings and readymade objects.

Prarie Grass Leak comes from Patterson’s recent project, Redheaded Peckerwood. The project utilizes a true crime story as the basis of a visual crime dossier, a cryptic collection of clues for the viewer to decipher. The project utilizes a multitude of photographic techniques to re-tell a tragic story from the past. It is exhibited with documents and objects related to the story.

Patterson’s Redheaded Peckerwood was published as a monograph by MACK in 2011 to critical international acclaim, was nominated for the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards, won the prestigious 2012 Rencontres d’Arles Author Book Award, and is now in its third printing. In 2013 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Patterson is represented by Rose Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and Robert Morat in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Patterson participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in May 2010.

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Other items featuring Christian Patterson:
Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson
Contact Sheet 162: Light Work Annual 2011

Alessandra Sangunetti
On the Sixth Day
Nazraeli Press, 2005
Clothbound, 80 pages with 61 color reproductions, 12.9 x 12.1″
Signed by the artist

Sanguinetti’s vivid photographs depict the coexistence of people and animals in an arrestingly honest portrayal. Her photographs reveal and describe with clarity the rituals and traditions of the local farmers whose lives interweave with a host of domestic animals caught in the cycle that is life and death.

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Other items featuring Alessandra Sanguinetti:
Contact Sheet 120: Alessandra Sangunetti (SOLD OUT)
Contact Sheet 122: Light Work Annual 2003
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists 40 Years

Fazal Sheikh
Ramadan Moon
International Human Rights Series, 2001
Hardcover, 64 pages with 31 tritone images
ISBN 0-9707613-1-7

A Camel for the Son
International Human Rights Series, 2001
Hardcover, 128 pages with 79 duotone images
ISBN 0-9707613-0-9

Ramadan Moon and A Camel for the Son are the first two books in the International Human Rights Series (IHRS) and are intended as companion volumes. The IHRS was established by Fazal Sheikh in 2001 in order to further the understanding of complex human rights issues with which he was involved and to disseminate his projects in a variety of accessible forms to a wide international public.

* Note: Only unsigned copies are available.

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Other items featuring Fazal Sheikh:
Contact Sheet 82
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists 40 Years

Cindy Sherman
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists / 40 Years
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (October 1, 2013)
ISBN: 935445-85-4

Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists / 40 Years marks Light Work’s 40th Anniversary and is released in conjunction with the exhibition 40 Artists / 40 Years: Selections from the Light Work Collection.

Complete list of artists: Andrew Buck (1973), Arnold Gassan (1974), Clarence John Laughlin (1975), Charles Gatewood (1976), Roger Mertin (1977), Barbara Houghton (1978), Kenda North (1979), Ellen Carey (1980), Cindy Sherman (1981), James Casebere (1982), Jim Goldberg (1983), John Gossage (1984), Dawoud Bey (1985), James Welling (1986), Marilyn Nance (1987), Carrie Mae Weems (1988), Clarissa Sligh (1989), Jim Pomeroy (1990), Antony Gleaton (1991), Willie Middlebrook (1992), Fazal Sheikh (1993), Elise Mitchel Sanford (1994), Max Becher & Andrea Robbins (1995), Renee Cox (1996), Stanley Greenberg (1997), Chan Chao (1998), Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (1999), Lonnie Graham (2000), Zoë Sheehan Saldaña (2001), Alessandra Sanguinetti (2002), William Earle Williams (2003), Pipo Nguyen-duy (2004), Hank Willis Thomas (2005), Beatrix Reinhardt (2006), Lucas Foglia (2007), Deana Lawson (2008), Yolanda del Amo (2009), Brian Ulrich (2010), Michael Tummings (2011), Cui Fei (2012), and John Freyer (2013).

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Other items featuring Cindy Sherman:
Contact Sheet 75/ 76
Contact Sheet 97: Light Work Annual 1998 (25th Anniversary Edition)

Valerio Spada
Contact Sheet 172: Light Work Annual 2013
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Light Work (August 1, 2013)
ISBN: 935445-84-6

This catalogue features work produced by the 2012 Light Work Artists-in-Residence and the Light Work Grant Recipients with accompanying essays. It includes the work of Aspen Mays, Claire Beckett, Heidi Kumao, Irina Rozovsky, John Chervinsky, Justyna Badach, Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, Michael Bühler-Rose, Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, Raymond Meeks, Shimon Attie, and Valerio Spada. Light Work Grant recipients include Dennis Krukowski, Tice Lerner, and Sayler/Morris.

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Mark Steinmetz
Perugia, Italy, 1993
Pigmented inkjet print, 7.75 x 11″
Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Mark Steinmetz is known for his black-and-white photographs that explore the magic of the everyday. With delicate tones, his images and various books have found their place in the canon of photography. Among his many monographs is a soft spoken book titled Italia: Cronaca di un Amore (Nazraeli, 2010), which includes this memorable portrait of a dalmatian on the streets of Perugia, Italy. His photographs are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, among others. Steinmetz participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 1998.

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Other items featuring Mark Steinmetz:
Contact Sheet 59

Brian Ulrich
Contact Sheet 162: Light Work Annual 2011
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Light Work (August 1, 2011)
ISBN: 0-935445-73-0

This catalogue features work produced by the 2010 Light Work Artists-in-Residence and the Light Work Grant Recipients with accompanying essays. It includes the work of Sama Alshaibi and Dena Al-Adeeb, Ayana V. Jackson, Brian Ulrich, Christian Patterson, Lenard Smith, Susan Worsham, Gerard H. Gaskin, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Simon Rowe, Shen Wei, Zoe Strauss, Richard Barnes. Light Work Grant recipients include Yasser Aggour, Ron Jude, Lida Suchy.

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Other items featuring Brian Ulrich:
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists 40 Years

Jo Ann Walters
Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Light Work (July 1, 2014)
ISBN: 935445-89-7

Contact Sheet 177: Light Work Annual 2014 features work produced by the 2013 Light Work Artists-in-Residence Brijesh Patel, Alexandra Demenkova, George Gittoes, John D. Freyer, Jason Eskenazi, Anouk Kruithof, Dani Leventhal, Karolina Karlic, Cecil McDonald Jr., Matt Eich, Jo Ann Walters, Ofer Wolberger, and Eric Gottesman. The publication also includes work by 2013 Light Work Grant Recipients Janice Levy, Jared Landberg, and Laura Heyman, as well as recap of the year of Urban Video Project (UVP) exhibitions. Featuring texts by Jeffrey Hoone, Mark Sealy, Hannah Frieser, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, Christine Hill, Laura De Marco, David Oresick, Sally Stein, Tempestt Hazel, Rachel Somerstein, Laura Wexler, Carmen Winant, Dagmawi Woubshet, JP Gardner, and Anneka Herre.

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William Earle Williams
Contact Sheet 140: William Earle Williams
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (January 16, 2007)
ISBN: 0-935445-50-1

This catalogue features the stunning photographs of William Earle Williams. Until the release of the motion picture Glory in 1989, it was not well known that more than 180,000 black soldiers served in the Civil War. Williams’s images call attention to the sites made special through these soldiers’ contributions, so that their story becomes a part of our American story. The photographer has been pursuing this series for over ten years. He has photographed significant Civil War sites in the South and North, recording both historically recognizable as well as forgotten locations.

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Other items featuring William Earle Williams:
Contact Sheet 173: 40 Artists 40 Years
Contact Sheet 127: Light Work Annual 2004

For more information about these and all of Light Work’s artists, please visit our Artist Index, Artist-in-Residence Program, Exhibtions,Chronology, and Collection.

For inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Jessica Posner at jessica@lightwork.org or 315.443.1263.

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